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30th March 2008

Upcoming SLED events

* Equations of Life (Exhibit), Mar. 29 – Apr. 4 (SL)

* Bradley University Campus on SL – Campus Opening, Mar. 30 – Apr. 6 (SL)

* Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium – Video Webcast, Apr. 1 (Online)

 The events above have been added to the SLEDevents in SL public Google calendar, which shows events in Second Life of interest to SLED subscribers. The calendar may be viewed in your web browser at:
http://sledevents.blogspot.com/
which provides the events in US Pacific/Second Life time only.
Google calendar subscribers who add the ‘SLEDevents in SL’ public calendar to their calendar list will see the event times converted automatically to their own time zone. 

Written by Bruce Sommerville

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26th March 2008

Upcoming SLED events

* Global Agenda Live Simulcast on University of Delaware Island, Mar. 26 (SL)
* Lecture on Autopsy, Mar. 26 (SL)
* Ideas and reflections from the UK’s information literacy conference (LILAC), Mar. 27 (SL)
* Second Life for Dummies Event, Mar. 27 (SL)
* Victor Pineiro, Writer/Producer of the film ‘Second Skin’ – Guest Speaker at BGSU, Mar. 28 (SL)
* Inauguration of the St. Catherine Monastery, Mar. 29 (SL)
*Education@Edunation – ELT author Jeremy Harmer, Mar. 30 (SL)
* Avatars, Identity, and the Expression of Disability, Mar. 30 (SL & Online)
 
The events above have been added to the SLEDevents in SL public Google calendar, which shows events in Second Life of interest to SLED subscribers. The calendar may be viewed in your web browser at:
http://sledevents.blogspot.com/
which provides the events in US Pacific/Second Life time only.
Google calendar subscribers who add the ‘SLEDevents in SL’ public calendar to their calendar list will see the event times converted automatically to their own time zone.

Written by Bruce Sommerville

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26th March 2008

ReLIVE08

FLEventThe Open University is pleased to announce an international conference for Researching Learning in Virtual Environments to be held at its campus in Milton Keynes on the 20th and 21st of November 2008.This conference will be of interest to anyone researching learning and teaching in virtual world environments such as Second Life.

The conference organisers are keen to construct a programme that features diverse and innovative research approaches to learning and teaching in virtual worlds. Given the emerging practice associated with virtual worlds, the conference committee are also keen to receive papers reporting on the experience of learning and teaching using virtual worlds that relate practice and outcomes to literature and research in this area. We anticipate that submissions will reflect a range of research methods and will examine issues such as rigour, methods of sampling, relationships between researchers and researched, and the ethics and politics of the research process.

Our keynote speaker is Edward Castranova, Associate Professor in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr Castranova is an expert on the economies of large-scale online games and has published extensively on the topic, including his most recent book Exodus to the Virtual World.

Please find more details at our website on http://www.open.ac.uk/relive08

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24th March 2008

Second Life for Dummies Event on Thursday!

dummiesevent.jpgSLEventAuthors of Second Life For Dummies Live in Second Life

Abracadabra – March 20, 2008 – SLED and SLRL’s own Sarah “Intellagirl Tully” Robbins and Mark “Typewriter Tackleberry” Bell, authors of Wiley’s Second Life For Dummies, answer audience questions in Second Life on March 27, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. SLT/PDT.  Along with primary seating at The Magicians Colonnade at Abracadabra <http://slurl.com/secondlife/Abracadabra/201/90/31>, there’s balcony seating in the neighboring sim, Seifert Surface’s xyz.  The event will be conducted in text chat.

A prize giveaway celebrating Dummies Month includes four real-life Dummies prize packs from Wiley, each including a Dummies duffel bag, a copy of Second Life For Dummies, and other Dummies goodies.  For avatars there are free jackets and coffee, Enchanted Teachers’ Apples, and a few surprises.  Instant message Chimera Malaprop or Art Laxness for a teleport offer.

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24th March 2008

Centralized Student Center for ALL students in SL

Wouldn’t it be great to have a location where all students know to go in order to get information, meet other students, hang out when not in class, and basically do what students do in the RL Student Center’s on all of our campuses?

This is very close to becoming a reality and here is your chance to have a part in the planning.

A number of folks who have taken an interest since it was first discussed have added their input to a blog posting dedicated to talking about this.

http://sorry-afk.blogspot.com/2008/01/sl-student-center.html

Larry Johnson (a/k/a Larry Pixel) over at NMC is one of the folks who has also shown a great interest in this idea.  He has very generously agreed to dedicate a portion of the NMC Orientation Island for this project, should things continue to work out.

A crucial initial meeting is planned for tomorrow, Tuesday March 25th, at 11:00am PDT (Second Life Time).  We’ll be meeting at the proposed location on the NMC Orientation Island

http://slurl.com/secondlife/NMC%20Orientation/69/167/29
(click the SLURL or LM and follow the “red beam of light” to the location.)

Anyone and everyone has been encouraged to attend.  In this critical phase of development, input from as many folks as possible will only serve to make this great project even better.  In addition, students who are in SL are also being encouraged to attend, if they can.  The student perspective is what will truly make this project successful.

Questions and comments can be posted to the blog listed above.

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24th March 2008

Bright Ideas: Using the MyNotes Profile Tab for Class Management

BrightIdeas Sometimes a little thing can mean so much. If you’ve taught in Second Life then you know how aggravating it can be to try to remember which SL student is which RL student. As if remembering all their RL names wasn’t tough enough! Add to that all the notes about class participation, project progress etc and you’ve got a whole lot of information to store somewhere. Here’s a tip that some of you might have already discovered. But hey! If you haven’t, you may just find it useful.

On each avatar’s profile is a tab called “My Notes.” This last tab on the profile allows you to type up information about another person which will only be visible to you.

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Using the My Notes tab to keep track of RL names and other class info can save you a lot of headaches. And rest assured that no one  else can see it so you can feel comfortable storing student grades etc.

Using the My Notes tab for class information? As Martha would say, it’s a good thing. :D

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20th March 2008

Upcoming SLED events

* EduIsland II & 5 Open Day, Mar. 22 (SL)
* ARVEL SIG Launch Party – In-World Simulcast, Mar. 24 (SL)
* ‘Wireless Ready’ – Live hybrid event from Japan and Second Life, Mar. 28 (Mar. 29 RL JST)
 
 The events above have been added to the SLEDevents in SL public Google calendar, which shows events in Second Life of interest to SLED subscribers. The calendar may be viewed in your web browser at:
http://sledevents.blogspot.com/
which provides the events in US Pacific/Second Life time only.
 Google calendar subscribers who add the ‘SLEDevents in SL’ public calendar to their calendar list will see the event times converted automatically to their own time zone.
 Regards,
Bruce Sommerville.

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17th March 2008

SL Papers from 2007 NMC Conference Proceedings

Sometimes we are so awash in resources that some real gems pass us by. So it has been with some the New Media Consortium published in November, the 2007 NMC Conference Proceedings which has a good set of SL papers authored by SLED colleagues.

The papers in the proceedings were authored by presenters at the 2007 NMC Summer Conference in Indianapolis. Participants at the conference voted on sessions that ought to be invited to author papers, and the final product represents a more formal write-up of their conference sessions.

The entire proceedings is available as a free, Creative Commons licensed PDF (2.6 Mb, 133 pages) and is full color with active hyperlinks and embedded video (note to Mac OSX users- view with Adobe Acrobat Reader and not Preview for the full media effect).

NMC Conference Proceedings

Among the papers relevant to Second Life and virtual worlds you may find of interest

  • The Arts Metaverse in Open Croquet: Exploring an Open Source 3-D Online Digital World Ulrich Rauch and Tim Wang | University of British Columbia
  • Beyond World of Warcraft: the Universe of MMOGs Ruben R. Puentedura | Hippasus
  • ClevelandPlus in Second Life Wendy Shapiro, Lev Gonick, and Sue Shick | Case Western Reserve University
  • Out of the Cave or Further In? The Realities of Second Life Gregory Reihman | Lehigh University
  • Pleasure, Play, Participation and Promise: Socio-emotional Dimensions of Digital Culture Which Are Transforming the Shape of New Media Literacies Angela Thomas | University of Sydney
  • Teaching Field Research in a Virtual World Ed Lamoureux | Bradley University
  • A View from Second Life’s Trenches: Are You a Pioneer or a Settler? Cynthia Calongne | Colorado Technical University

We will be repeating this effort for the NMC 2008 Summer Conference, hosted this year at the RL Princeton University, which will offer sessions and pre-conference workshops on Second Life and Wonderland.

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14th March 2008

Upcoming SLED events

 * Immersive Education in-world Meetings, Mar. 14, 21, 28.
* St. Patrick’s Day Bash & Sim Opening – Chicago Public Schools Dept of Libraries, Mar. 17.
* Exploring Second Life Basics for Educators – Online Seminar, Mar. 20.
 
 The events above have been added to the SLEDevents in SL public Google calendar, which shows events in Second Life of interest to SLED subscribers. The calendar may be viewed in your web browser at:
http://sledevents.blogspot.com/
which provides the events in US Pacific/Second Life time only.
 Google calendar subscribers who add the ‘SLEDevents in SL’ public calendar to their calendar list will see the event times converted automatically to their own time zone.
 Organisers/posters of the above events are advised to check that the times, dates, locations, and other details as entered in the calendar are correct. If there are errors, changes, or cancellations, please notify me. Thank you.
Regards,
Bruce Sommerville.

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13th March 2008

Spotlight: Georgia State University

SpotlightEvery university that purchases an island in Second Life has to grapple with the question “How will we use the space?” Some campuses build recreations of their real world campuses, others allow students to create fantasy spaces, and others may just create ampitheatres and other similar spaces to extend campus events into a virtual world. Georgia State University has done something slightly different. They’ve created an island that functions as a resource for educators who are interested in learning more about how to use Second Life.

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Intellagirl talks to Downtown Bloch (aka Paula Christopher Project Manager, eLearning Group, University Educational Technology Services (UETS), Information Systems & Technology, Georgia State University)

 GSU’s island, Five Points (SLURL here), is adjacent to GSU’s other island which is still private. Five Points is a great balance of resources and whimsy. From the resource library (shown below) to the beach, Five Points offers educators information and entertainment.

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The books in GSU’s libary offer notecards with helpful tips on common Second Life skills.

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Tree house meeting spaces offer a less formal meeting option. 
 

Be sure to pay Five Points a visit.

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